Dos, di, der – ver iz ver? A workshop on Yiddish nouns

with Katerina Kuznetsova

Are you still confused about when to use dos, di, der? And on top of it, what is it with dem? Why the word girl in Yiddish is of neuter grammatical gender? What is the category of gender, what is the function of accusative and dative cases, and why does it look like there are a million ways to make a plural form of a noun? 

Yes, while learning Yiddish words you can have a lot of similar questions. It is easy to get frustrated when you think that there is no other way than to just memorize each word with an article and plural form.

Confusion with genders and declension of articles leads to constant mistakes in speech and writing. 

In this two-part workshop, we will cover all the essential topics regarding Yiddish nouns. You will get a clear picture of how they behave and why. We will dig into theory and see how it helps us in practice. 

Part 1. Gender and number of nouns. What is the category of gender, principles of gender attribution, singular and plural forms. 

Part 2. Nominative, Accusative, and Dative cases. Declension of definite articles and nouns. 

Apart from work in the class, you will get homework to master the information. 

This workshop is for you,  

  • If you just started to learn Yiddish and want to understand this topic better
  • If you already learn Yiddish for some time but feel that you have a gap in grammar
  • If you are an advanced speaker and want to get a deeper understanding of Yiddish grammar
  • If you are a Yiddish teacher and want to get life hacks how to explain this theme to your students

 Yiddish enthusiasts of all levels are welcome! 

When: Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8, 9 a.m. PT (11:00 a.m. CT, 12:00 p.m. ET, 5:00 p.m. in the UK, 6:00 p.m. in most of Europe) 

Cost: $45 Early Bird (available until September 15) and students (with a university or college ID) / $55 for general admission.

In order to obtain the student discount, please upload your university or college ID as a PDF, JPG or PNG file by using the form below.

Where: Online via Zoom

Instructor: Katerina Kuznetsova

Katerina Kuznetsova has been teaching Yiddish (language, grammar, and literature) since 2020.

She was born in Moscow where she studied Literature, Pedagogics, and Religious Studies. In 2016, Katerina graduated from the MA program in Yiddish Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She lives in Berlin, where she co-founded the initiative Yiddish.Berlin – a group of artists and activists that organises cultural events involving Yiddish literature and culture.

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